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MIITTJTES. 



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The delegates composing the sixty-ninth annual session of the 
Muscle Shoals Association of Baptists convened with the Russel- 
ville Baptist church, Russelville, Ala., on Friday, the 2d day of 
November, 1888, at 11 a. m. [The regular time was Friday be- 
fore the first Sabbath in October, but on account of the yellow 
fever prevailing in Decatur, was postponed by the Executive 
Board to November 2.] — Clerk. 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Jackson Gunn, 
from 1 Cor. 3:9: "We are labowrs together with God." The 
subject of the sermon was co-operation. After the sermon there 
was a recess uiflkz o'ciagt^HT. 

IRoON SESSION. 

The Association convened at the appointed time, and was called 
to order by the former Moderator, Elder Jackson Gunn, Elder 
Jos. Shackelford, the former Clerk, taking his place at the Clerk's 
table. Elder J. R. Nesmith conducted the religious services and 
offered prayer. 

Bros. C. G. Lynch, John Speer and J. C. Orr were appointed 
reading clerks. 

The following churches were represented by letters and dele- 
gates: 

Tuscumbia — Amos L. Moody, John F. Belue, E. T. Throckmorton. 

Cherry Hill— J. W. Horton, J. S. Snow, J. F. Richerson. 

Russelville — Wm. East, Peter Clay, Joseph Walker. 

Macedonia (F.)— J. T. Tubb, E. R. Richerson, H. O. Henley. 

Tharp Springs — f . A. Quin, W. L. Thompson, T. J. Byars. 

Bethel (L)— J. R. Nesmith, M. H. Golden. 

Mt. Stanley— W. H. Stanley. 

Town Creek— R. T. Wear, T. Jones. 

Moulton — Mat Lyon, W. D. Irwin, C. G. Lynch. 

Pleasant Hill— -John Speer. 

Harmony— T. R. Bragg, J. W. Sandlin. 

Hillsboro— A. W. Bailey, W. F. Berry, W. S. Stephens. 

Decatur — J. Gunn, Jos. Shackelford. 

Mt. Hope— T. W. McVay, A. E. Bunnell. 

Enon— J. T. Wallace, A»_J- Walker, R. L. Keys. 

Danville— J. G. Orr, W. T. Cobbs. 

Gum Springs (L) — L. A. Muston, G. W. Bond. 

Lebanon— James N. Thompson. 

Hopewell— W. F. Orr. 

Friendship — Thos. McDaniel. 



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Hartsell— J. I. Stockton, J. D. McClanahan, A. M. Lee. 
Mt. Pisgah— W. B. Carter, George Hughes. 
Somerville — T. J. Weaver. 
%ethel (M)— James D. Aikin. W. A. Belue. 
Etna— j. P. Scruggs. 
Falkvifle— I. M. Simpson. 
Salem— J. M. Roberts. 
Blue Springs— R. M. McClure 
Gum Springs (M)— Letter. No delegate 
Mt. Zion — Letter. No delegate. 
Macedonia (M)— Letter. No delegate. 

After the enrollment of the names of the delegates the Associa- 
tion proceeded to the election of officers, which resulted in the 
choice of Elder Jackson Gunn as Moderator and Elder Joseph 
Shackelford as Clerk. 

The Moderator returned his thanks to the brethren for this re- 
newed testimony of their con fidence and favor, and declared the 
Association ready for business. 




appointed to 
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ORDER OF 

On motion of Bro. R. T. Wear, a co 
prepare an order of business, consisting 
Stanley, R. T. Wear and J. G. Orr. 

The committee retired to prepare their report, during which 
time, on motion, Bro. M. Lyon was permitted to read an article 
on "Church Letters," which he was authorized and requested by 
the district meeting of the Muscle Shoals Association to prepare 
and present to the Association. 

The committee on Order of Business made their report, which 
was that the order of business found in the minutes of last year 
be the order for this session, except that the 17th item be ex- 
changed for the 10th item. The report was adopted. 

No petitionary letters were received. 

CORRESPONDENTS. 

On a call for corresponding messengers, the following were re- 
ceived: 

Bear Creek Association— Elder W. A. Agee. 
Clear Creek Association— Elder James Hilton, B. Roden. 
North River— Elder John H. Pool. 

New River— Elder J. B. Huckabee, and also agent of the State Mis- 
sion Board. 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats. The following breth- 
ren were announced as being present: 

Elder J. P. Shaffer— Agent of Howard College. 
C. W. Hare— Editor of the Alabama Baptist. 



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Elder J. W. Stewart— Pastor Second Baptist church, Birmingham. 

Elder W. B. Carter requested to be recognized as representing the 
Foreign Mission Board at Richmond. m 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the following 
committees: 

Devotional Committee— Pastor and deacons of Russelville church 
and Bros. T. Jones and J. G. Orr. 

State of Religion— R. T. Wear, A. M. Lee, T. J. Weaver. 

Finance— W. D. Irwin, R. M. McClure, A. W. Bailey. 

Documents— J. I. Stockton, John Speer, George Hughes. 

Time and Place of Next Meeting- W. F. Orr, A. L. Moody, J. T. 
Wallace, P. Clay. 

On motion of Bro. William East, the Association resolved that 
when it adjourns it will adiourn to meet at 7 p. m. and hold a ses- 
sion of one hour, and then have preaching. 

The Devotional committee repo/ted that Bro. J. W. Stewart will 
preach at 8 o'clock to-night. : 

On motion, tke Association adjourned. 

Prayer by Elder JohtsP(*er. 

^EVENING SESSION. 

The Association met at 7 p. m. Rev. W. B. Carter conducted 
the opening services. 

Correspondents were appointed to the following bodies: 

Southern Baptist Convention-Elder D. W. Gwin. 

Big Bear Creek Association— A. L. Moody, J. O. A. Pace, J. K. «e- 
smith, Peter Clay. _, - „__, 

Mt. Carmel— J. T. Weaver, J. D. McClanahan. 

Sulphur Springs— J. M. Roberts, J. I. Stockton. 

Cullman— J. Gunn, J. C. Orr, John Speer. 

Canaan— I. Gunn, W. B. Carter, J. C. Orr, A. M. Lee. 

North Liberty— H. J. Halbrooks, W. T. Cobbs, J. I. Stockton, T.J. 
Weaver. 

Report of the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Male and Fe- 
male Institute at Moulton, was read by Bro. C. J. Lynch and 

adopted, as follows: 

Moulton, Ala., Oct. 29, 1888. 

To the Muscle Shoals Association: 

We the trustees of the Male and Female Institute, beg leave to re- 
port to you that we have a fine school with more than sixty pup»s. 
Prof. G. T. Howerton closed his school in June last. We then elected 
C G. Lynch principal, and Miss Vallie Williams assistant, for the 
next (the present) session. We heartily recommend it to the Associa- 
tion for their patronage. Board is cheap, at from $7.50 to $10 per 
month. Tuition from $1.50 to $3.00 per month, music $3.00, use ot in- 
strument 50 cents per month, art $3.00. 

We think we can furnish better advantages for less money than al- 
most any other school. . . ■ _ , ¥ 

The following are the members of the Board of Trustees; James S 



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Gibsor John C. Orr, W. T. Prewet and Tames k.. Doss, whose time 
expires n 1888; W. D. Mc Daniel, W. D. Irwin, A. J. Windham and W. 
M. Aim n, whose time expires in 1889; H. B. Irwin, T. W. Lynch, N. 

* ,, es * aw and Dr - J* M - c,ark « whose term expires in 1890. 
All of vhich is respectfully submitted. 

„ _ - „ H. B. Irwin, President. 

V*. G. .ynch, Secretary pro tem. 

On motion of Bro. C. G. Lynch, the report on Education was 
also reed by the chairman, C. G. Lynch, who made some remarks 
on the general subject of Education. 

Remarks were also made by Brethren Shaffer, Huckabee and 
Shackelford. 

On motion, the subject of Education was made the special order 
for 10 a. m. Saturday. 

After preaching by Bro. Stewart, the Association adjourned to 
9 a. m. Saturday. Dismissed bjwfajp. Stewart. 



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SECOND DAY'S PR 

SATtB^jptfov. 3rd, 1888. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator at 9 a. m. 
Elder J. D. McClanahan conducted the devotional exercises. 

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

Elder J. M. Roberts offered the following resolution, which was 
adopted: 

Resolved, That the Alabama Baptist be requested to publish the 
paper read by Bro. Lyon in regard to Church Letters. 

Bro. C. G. Lynch offered the following resolution, which was 
adopted: 

Resolved, That the Clerk be instructed to have the Constitution and 
«y-Lawsof the Muscle Shoals Association printed in the next Minutes. 

Bro. C. G. Lynch offered the following resolution, which was 

received, and lies over until the next Association for final action: 

Resolved, That Article 1st of the Constitution of this Association be 
so amended as that the Executive Board of this Association shall be 
members of this body during their term of office. 

SPECIAL ORDER. 

The report of the Board of Ministerial Education was then read 
by Bro. T. W. Lynch, and, after discussion by Elder J. P. Shaffer, 
who presented the claims of Howard College and the necessity 
for a Dormitory for that institution, a collection and subscription 
was taken up amounting to $30.60, as follows: 




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Amos Moody, paid $500 

Peter Clay, paid 500 

John Millan ." 1000 

T. W. Lynch 5 00 

Cash collection -. 560 

Total $30 60 

The following resolution was offered by Jos. Shackelford, and 
adopted: 

Resolved, That we request and urge our ministers to bring the claims 
of Howard College before their churches and people as early as possi- 
ble, and ask them to contribute to the Dormitory and Endowment fund, 
and take up collections for the same. 

Remarks were made by Brethren W. B. Carter and J. C. Orr, 
after which the reports were adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

We, your committee on Education, would respectfully report: That 
we believe there is no marked improvement in the cause of education 
within the bounds of the Association. We admit that there are a few 
points where efforts are being made to build up schools, but we regret 
to say that the vast brotherhood of this Association do not seem to be 
alive to the great responsibilities resting upon them as such, to give 
their children that educational training they should have. 

Let facts be submitted to a candid mind, to see if we are correct. 

How many Baptists within this Association are sending their sons 
and daughters to their own school at Moulton ? How many have boys 
at the Howard, or girls at the Judson ? Why are not more of them at 
these schools ? Is it because these are not good schools, and j ou prefer 
others? The Male and Female Institute at fcoulton is in your own 
hands. If it is not what you wish it to be, call your trustees to an ac- 
count. If it is not what you wish it to be, and you can not make it such, 
sell it out and invest your money where you think it will do more good. 
"Why stand ye here all the day idle ?" The field is white for the har- 
vest. Speak out and be heard. Let us be honest with each other ; we 
can not afford to be otherwise. 

We will close as we began. We, the Baptists of the Muscle Shoals 
Association, are not doing our duty in the cause of education for our 
children, and for our neighbors' children. 

May he who has said, by his servant, "Train up a child in the wav it 
should go, and when he is old he will not depart therefrom," guide us 
into all truth. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. G. Lynch, Ch'n. 

REPORT OF BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The Board of Ministerial Education of the Muscle Shoals Association 
beg leave to make the following report : 

The members*of the board are J. Gunn, T. W. Lynch, W. D. Irwin, 
Thomas Hutchison, Jourd White, J. G. Orr and J. W. Hargrove. 

The board selected H. J. Halbrooks to attend school during this As- 
sociational year, and the board agreed to pay him eighty dollars. The 
board has continued him up to the fiijst of November, and would like to 
continue him through this Associational year, if we have money enough 
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The following is a financial report of the Ministerial Educational 
Board, to-wit : 

1887. 
Oct. 



Dec. 23. 

1888. 
Apr. 30. 

1887. 
Oct. 4. 



1888. 
Feb. 7. 
Apr. 12. 
May 7. 
June 5. 
Aug. 13. 
Sep. 25. 



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To cash from Moulton church 10 00 

" received at last Association 53 35 

** from Russelville church 1500 

'" . " Town Creek church 175 

•' " Hartsell church 500—18510 

Contra. 

Cobbs and Speer $ 8 50 

Cobbs 505 



By cash paid Bros 

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Halbrooks. 
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865 

12 00 
10 00 
10 00 
10 00 

500 *~ 

10 00 — f 79 20 



Balance due Ministerial Educational fund $59° 

J. Gunn, Ch'n. 
T. W. Lynch, Sec'y and Treas'r. ^m*- 

Pledges and collections were taken up for Ministerial Educa- 
tion, as follows: 



Moulton church $10 00 

Tuscumbia church 10 00 

Hopwell church 5 00 

Moulton S. S., paid Tr 500 

Hartsell S. S 5 °° 

Town Creek church 10 00 

Decatur church 5 00 

J. W. Horton . . 1 00 

Mrs. Belle Henly, paid T. . . 50 
W. H. Stanley, paid T. . . . 2 00 

Phil. Lynch, paid T 1 00 

3 boys and girls of T. W. 

Lynch 500 

Mrs. J. Gunn 500 

W. J. Weaver 1 00 

Thomas McDaniel 2 00 



Enon church. . .•. $ 5 00 

Hartsell church 10 00 

Danville church 5 00 

Salem church 2 50 

Hartsell Prayer Meeting 

of Baptist church 5 00 

Mt. Pisgah ch., paid T 5 00 

Mt. Hope church 5 00 

T. P. Scruggs, paid T 5 00 

Miss Patty Gunn, paid T. . 1 00 

Miss Katie Pace, paid T. . . 1 00 

C. W. Hare 5 00 

Miss Glen Orr 5 00 

A.J.Walker 250 

S. D. Sargent, paid T 1 00 



.$121 30 



Total. 

Cash, $17 50— Pledges, $104 00. 

The following Trustees of the Male and Female Institute at 
Moulton were appointed, viz: Theophilus Jones, J. M. Doss, W. 
T. Prewit, John C. Orr. 

On motion of Bro. J. I. Stockton, the old Board of Ministerial 
Education was re-appointed, consisting of the following brethren: 
J. Gunn, T. W. Lynch, W. D. Irwin, Thomas Hutchison, Jourd 
White, J. G. Orr, J. W. Hargrove. 

On motion, adjourned to 1 :3o o'clock p. m. 

Prayer by Bro. John Speer. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION. 
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Opening ser- 
vices were conducted by Elder B. F. Riley, President of Howard 

College. 

The subject of missions was taken up, and reports on Associa- 
tional, State and Foreign Missions were read by the respective 
chairmen of the committees on these subjects, viz., John Speer, 
M. Lyon and W. B. Carter. 

The reports of the missionaries of the Association were then 
read. Also the report of the Executive Board. 

The whole subject of missions was made the special order for 
to-night, when these reports are to be discussed and acted 

upon. 

Elder B. F. Riley was received as a representative of the Home 
Mission Board at Atlanta, and also as President of Howard 

Bro. T. W. Lynch made the following report as Treasurer of the 
Association, which was adopted: 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

Moulton, Ala., Oct. 31, 1888. 

T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, 

To Muscle Shoals Association: 

1887. Dr. 

Oct. 4. To cash from finance committee $489 5° 

Vouchers.... ;••• 6 7 05 

Apr 22. To cash from Russelville church, missions. 6 25 

30 To cash from Town Creek ; 4 10 

Oct. 1, '88 To cash F. C. Owen's bequest 20 00— f 586 90 

1887. Cr. 

Oct. 4. Cash T. J. Weaver by Hartsell church $20 00 

J. Speer by Hillsboro church 12 00 

W. B. Crumpton by Hillsboro church 10 00 

W. B. Crumpton by Mt. Pisgah church 12 05 

M. Lyon by Danville church 13 00 

Jos. Shackelford, clerk's fee 20 00 

Joseph Shackelford, minute fund 45 °° 

T. J. Weaver «? °° 

J. Speer ^ °° 

22 W. B. Crumpton, State Mission Board 90 00 

Tan. 9,' '88. T.J. Weaver *5 00 

Mch 6. J.Speer 30 00 

Julv29- Mat Lyon IO °° 

Aug. 18. Mat Lyon 2° °° 

Aug.23. J.Speer • J°°° 

Oct. 1. M.Lyon J° °° , 

Nov. 2. Mat Lyon 60 00 — $5*5 <>5 

Amount on hand •■••■;••, ~" * 71 8s 

Respectfully submitted, T. W. Lvnch, Treasurer. 



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T^he report of the committee on Time and Place o( the netft 

meeting was then made and adopted, as follows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON TIME AND PLACE. 

We, your committee to whom was referred the recommendation of a 
church with which to hold the next meeting of this body, and some 
brother to preach the introductory sermon, recommend that the next 
Association be held with the Danville church, Morgan county, Ala., 
on Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1889, and that Elder R. 
T. Wear preach the introductory sermon, and Elder John Speer, al- 
ternate. Respectfully submitted, 

W. F. Orr, Ch*n. 

The following resolutions on church independence and author- 
ity of the Association were offered by Elder Joseph Shackelford, 
and unanimously adopted: 

RESOLUTIONS. 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Association that each church 
has the right to control its own affairs in its own way, according to the 
Scriptures, and that in all matters of discipline, the chutches have the 
sole authority to act, and their action is final. 

Resolved 2, That this Association is only an advisory body, and 
claims no authority to interfere with the internal affairs of the churches, 
or to exercise any control over them in the management of their inter- 
nal affairs, except in matters where they depart from the faith; and that 
this Association reserves the right to withdraw fellowship from any 
church that departs from the faith, or from the established usages and 
practices of our denomination. 

Resolved 3. That it is the opinion of this Association that it is unbap- 
listic for churches or ministers to recognize as Baptist churches those 
bodies who are excluded members of Baptist churches, believing that 
such recognition is destructive to all church government. 

Resolved 4, That it is the judgment of this Association that when one 
church has a matter of grievance against another church of this Associ- 
ation, it is the duty of the aggrieved church to state to the offending 
church the matter of grievance and ask for redress. If that church wiU 
not hear or right the wrong, then to ask other churches to assist in rec- 
onciling the matter, and if this does not avail, then the matter can be 
brought before the Association for settlement of the question as to 
which of those two churches, if either, the Association will retain in her 
fellowship. In this, however, we, as an Association, do not assume or 
claim to be a court of appeals for the churches, but simply to settle a 
matter of fellowship between consistent members upon gospel princi- 
ples. 

Elder R. T. Weaver read the report on the State of Religion, 
which was adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON STATE OF RELIGION. 

We, your committee on the State of Religion, make the following re- 
port: The information brought us through the letters from the 
churches shows us that a majority of the churches have been revived. 
A few of them are in a lukewarm condition and are asking for the 
prayers of the Association. The gospel of Christ, which is the power of 
God, is being preached faithfully by our ministers so far as we know, 



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and many sinners are being converted to God. We would recommend 
to our ministering brethren and the churches more thorough consecra- 
tion to Christ. R. T. Wear, Ch'n. 

T. J. Weaver, 
A. M. Lee, 

Committee. 

Elder J. I. Stockton read the report on Documents, which was 
adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. 

Your committee on Documents report that we observe from the letters 
that some of our churches, in our humble judgment, have their letters 
too lengthy, requiring too much time to read them. We would rec- 
ommend to our churches to make their letters as short as possible, but 
giving in full all the statistics, as number of members, male and female, 
baptisms, etc., and amount of contributions for the various objects fos- 
tered by our Association; also the amount paid their pastors, with the 
value of their church property. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. I. Stockton. 

On motion of Jos. Shackelford, Elder C. O. Boothc, teacher of 
Institutes and Sunday school missionary of the colored Baptist 
Associations of North Alabama, was permitted to address the As- 
sociation and state the character of his work. He came forward 
and made a very interesting talk, which was well received by the 
brethren. 

* On motion of Elder W. B. Carter, Elder C. W. Hare, editor of 
the Alabama Baptist, was permitted to address the Association in 
the interest of that paper, which he did. 

The Devotional committee made a report of appointments for 
preaching on the Sabbath, which were afterward changed as fol- 
lows: Elder J. P. Shaffer to preach at n a. m. at the Baptist 
church, Elder J. B. Huckabee at 3 p. m., Elder Joseph Shackel- 
ford at night, Elder B. F. Riley at 11 a. m. at the Methodist 
church; Sunday school mass meeting at 9 a. m. at the Baptist 
church, to be addressed by C. G. Lynch and others. 

Elder J. I. Stockton offered the following resolution, which was 

adopted: 

Resolved, That we commend the work of Elder C. O. Boothe, the 
Sunday school missionary of the colored Baptist associations of North 
Alabama, to the colored people, and we request our ministers and 
churches to aid him in his work as much as is within their power. 

On motion, the Association adjourned to meet at 6:30 o'clock 
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EVENING SESSION. V 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. The opening 
services were conducted by Elder J. D. McClanahan. 

Elder John Speer offered the following resolution, which was 

adopted: 

Resolved, That the first speech be limited to twenty minutes, the sec- 
ond to fifteen, and all others to five minutes each. 

SPECIAL ORDER. 

The subject of missions was taken up and discussed by Bro. B. 
F. Riley, J. P. Shaffer, J. W. Stewart, W. B. Carter, J. B. Hucka- 
bee, J. C. Orr and C. W. Hare. 

At the request of the Moderator, Elder Jos. Shackelford took 
up the pledges and collections for missions, as follows^ 

PLEDGES FOR MISSIONS. 

FROM CHURCHES. 



Tuscumbia .$ 20 00 

Russelville 125 00 

Cheny Hill 10 00 

Bethel (L) 1000 

Mt. Stanley 1000 

Gum Springs (L) 5 00 

Mt. Hope 2500 

Macedonia (M) 5 00 

Danville 35 00 

Hopewell 25 00 

Hartsell 2500 

Lebanon 

Bethel (M) 

Somerville 



Rocky Creek 5 



Falkville 
Danville 



5 00 
10 00 
10 00 
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5 00 
5 00 



Okolona $ 5 00 

Bethany 500 

Town Creek . ... 3000 

Salem 500 

Moulton 50 00 

Harmony 1500 

Hillsboro 40 00 

Enon 30 00 

Pleasant Hill 20 00 

Decatur. . 50 00 

Friendship 3 00 

Mt. Pisgan paid (F. C.) . . 43 00 

Shoal Creek (F. M.) 5 00 

Blue Springs 12 00 

Mt. Nebo... 500 

Moulton S. S. paid F. C. . . 5 00 



Total pledges from churches and Sunday schools $658 00 

PLEDGES FROM INDIVIDUALS AND CASH. 



T. J. Weaver and children.. $ 5 
J. P. Scruggs, wife and chil- 
dren, State Missions 12 

T. Jones 5 

Mrs. Bell Henley paid .... 5 

Mrs. W. T. Cobbs paid 1 

Mrs. Mattie McCleskey paid 2 

Edward McClanahan 

Mrs. S. A. Speer, paid 1 

Miss Lena Hargett 2 

W. B. Carter....: 5 

B. F. Riley, paid t 

Elkin Carter 2 

Total individual pledges an 



00 A. L. Moody. $ 10 00 

Miss Glenn Orr paid 

00 Mrs. A. C. Shackelford pd 

00 A.M.Lee 

00 S.D.Sargent. . 

00 Miss Emma Stanley paid. . 

00 Robert McClanahan 

50 Mrs. Gormon, paid (F. C.) 

00 Mrs. Mary Carter 2 50 

50 Chas. B. Carter 5 00 

00 Cash collection 14 60 

00 Mrs. Ella Stanley, pd F. C 2 00 

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The Reports on Missions, Reports on Missionaries, and Report 
of Executive Board, were then each respectively adopted, to-»it: 

REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

Your committee on Associational Missions submit the following report: 
By Associational Missions we understand the work that is needed to 
be done within the bounds of the Association. From the Bible we 
learn that the blessed Savior commissioned his disciples to go first unto 
the lost sheep of the house of Israel. No doubt but they went into the 
hill country of Judea, thence into the towns and cities, preaching the 
everlasting gospel of the Son of God unto those who sat in darkness 
and in the regions of death. We are proud of the fact that the same 
order of work is being carried out by the Baptists of this, our day. 
Your committee is at somewhat of a loss to say what would be the best 

Elan to accomplish the most good with the limited means we have. 
irethren, the demands upon us now are great, and the responsibilities 
are equally so. As the Stewards of God, should we not put forth an 
extra effort to meet these demands? We have destitution in our hill 
country, and in some of our towns and cities. In this destitution we 
need men, who are Apollos' like, "mighty in the Scriptures; men who 
have the ability to expound the Word of God with simplicity and a 
godly zeal, that will take hold upon the hearts of those with whom they 
come in contact. In conclusion, we would recommend that our Asso- 
ciational Mission work be more concentrated, thereby relieving our 
missionaries of so much traveling, that they may do more preaching 

and mission work. 

Respectfully submitted, 
• John Spkbr, 

R. T. Wear. 
J. I. Stockton, 

Committee. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

The spirit of Missions is identical, whether Foreign, Home, State, or 
Associational. Peter was designated as a Home Missionary to the 
Tews, and vet by special miracle he Was sent to open the door ot the 
gospel to the Gentiles. Paul was a "chosen vessel" to labor among 
the heathen, and yet came near suffering death in carrying the gospel 
to his own Jewish people. Jesus Christ gives his ministers plain com- 
mands to preach the gospel "to every creature, and instructs 
and enables his people to furnish those ministers the means wherewith 
to go and preach; for, "How shall thev preach, except they be sent? 
Rom io- 15. Our Savior leaves the details of business to the common 
sense of his people; but because the Bible <'oes not tell us about a 
Foreign or a Home Mission Board, or a State Mission Board, many 
Baptists seem to think it a sin to help those man-made conventions that 
appoint those Boards to send the gospel to the poor and destitute and 
ignorant throughout the world. How can such Baptists indulge in the 
sin of attending as delegates to an Association, or make and keep a 
solemn resolution, (God helping them,) that they will uold meetings of 
their churches regularly once a month, and no more, when God never 
put such a thing as a Baptist Association or a once- a-month meeting on 
a certain Sunday and the Saturday before into his holy Word? How 
dare such Baptists buy a testament for twenty-five, ten, or even nve 
cents, and a Bible for three dollars down to twenty-five cents, from a 
wicked man-made Bible Society, instead of paying old Bible-selling 
prices of from four to five times as much; and even to put those cheap 






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Bibles on their sacred pulpits; and how can they tolerate our mission* 
aries in giving away thousands of Bibles and testaments from a Bible 
Society, that is freely filling foreign and heathen lands with copies of 
the Word of God; when the solemn truth is, that this Holy Book has 
not the name of such a wicked human invention as a Bible Society in 
all its pages? 

But we think that we have the mind and the spirit of Christ, and that 
we ought to be liberal with what God has given to us, and to send the 
word of God, and the preaching of the gospel, to every needy portion 
of our State. For the year ending with the meeting of our State Con- 
vention last July, the Baptists of Alabama contributed over $20,000 to 
benevolent objects; forty-four young ministers were assisted in procuring 
an education; and our paper, the Alabama Baptist, has been patronized 
better than ever. Baptists generally throughout the State are much 
more hearty in support of the objects of our State Convention. The 
ladies also, in many of our churches, are helping by special efforts, in 
good work, in which they ought to have the fullest encouragement. 
We concur heartily in the recommendation of the Secretary of the State 
Board, Bro. W. B. Crumpton, in favor of system in giving, on the part 
of church members; and also as to the duty of every member, young as 
well as old, female as well as male, to give regularly, each for himself 
and herself. A little given regularly, every week, or every month, by 
every member, would soon make our contributions to religious objects 
probably four or five times as much as they commonly are, and no one 
would feel oppressed from giving. There is a constant increase in the 
population and wealth of our State; in many portions of it there is great 
destitution in regard to preaching, both in town and country, and there 
is a great and growing demand lor more enlarged liberality on the part 
of all of our people to supply the population of our State with the 
ministry of the Gospel, and with the Word of God. 

Mat. Lyon, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The great spirit of Foreign Missions brought the Son of God into the 
world, prompted by a love that called forth the astonishment of the 
apostle, "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon 
us that we should be called the sons of God." For to be a child of 
God, we should accept the responsibility. "As my father sent me into 
the world, even so send I you into the world." It was Foreign Missions 
that gave to the world the gospel pf life and immortality. Our Heaven- 
ly Father beholding our lost condition, and desiring to better our con- 
dition, comes out of his heavenly place, — sends his only begotten Son, 
clothed in human flesh, that he might approach so near to us that man 
could not fail to see the interest that heaven feels for him, saying: v "I 
am the way, the truth and the life; he that believeth on me shall never 
perish." 

The spirit of foreign missions called forth the words of our Savior: 
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." All 
nations are to have the gospel. "The gospel of the kingdom shall be 
preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end 
cometh. " An anti-missionary spirit is an enemy to Christ, for said He, 
«"X e a r e my friends » if ye do whatsoever I command you." Again: 
"He that is not with me is against me." The Foreign Mission (spirit) 
is the legitimate parent of all missions, Home, State and Associational. 
Where Foreign Missions are properly fostered, all will be cared for. 

Yes, the pastor will be supported. Again, this spirit will cause the 
man who God calls to respond, "Here am I, send me." Too many of 
us are saying to the churches, "Here am I, send me a few miles." We 



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as God's called men should say, "Send me any where in the field 
where I may work." 

Brethren, when Judson started out on his grand mission, he looked 
of course to the churches, but beyond he saw a perishing world, and he 
heard the battle cry of the gospel: Go ye! Go ye! Ah! my brethren, 
have we ever heard the divine orders lrom the Son of God, Go ye? 
When it was announced before our convention that some one was 
needed to take the place of our fallen hero on Mexican soil, a Powell 
arose, and said, "I will go," and notwithstanding the martyr's blood 
was not cold on the ground, he entered upon the work, which is being 
blessed of God abundantly, and those converted are contributors of 
more than two dollars per member per annum. 

Brethren, read of the magnitude of the work that lies out before us, 
as the host of God. Turn your eyes to the fields: Brazil, Italy, Mexico, 
China, with almost one third of the population of the entire globe. Oh, 
listen to the cries of Africa as well. All of those vast fields are receiv- 
ing attention at the hands of our Board at Richmond. -Va. Brethren, 
will we arm and go up and possess the land? Jesus said, "The field is 
the world." Can we, who only are giving to the world the gospel as it 
came from our God and King, sit down and allow those nations to die 
without God, and without hope in Jesus' blood? No, brethren, if our 
wives have to follow us, as did Judson's, marking their way by the 
blood of their tender feet. Such reminiscences should call to us to do 
more and better by the poor heathen and the great cause of Foreign 
Missions. More than a thousand million perishing souls stand this day 
_/ crying to you and to me, Come over and help us ere we die and are 

* eternally damned. And now, what will Muscle Shoals Association do? 

God is asking what will you do? Oh! my dear brethren and sisters, 
awake! put on thy strength, put on thy beautiful garments, and go 
upon virgin soil, and do something for the cause of Foreign Missions 
* that will help extend the kingdom of the Son of God on the earthi 
To-day the poor heathen stand on sinking sands, and hold out their 
hands to us in agony and tears, saying, "Save or we perish." Let us 
rally around our Foreign Mission Board, and give to it the money it 
needs, and God will give the men, and soon the world will have the 
gospel. Then will come the Son of Man and all the holy angels with 
him. Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly. 

VV. B. Carter, 
*W. T. Cobbs, 
H. A. McClellan, Committee. 

REPORTS OF MISSIONARIES. 

REPORT OF T. J. WEAVER. 

I was employed by the board for half of my time, at a salary of $100, 
which time I have put in faithfully. Since the revival meetings set in, 
I have preached through nine protracted meetings, sixty-two days with- 
out rest; witnessed sixty-five conversions; kept up my appointments at 
Woodland Mills and Poteet's school house. We have not thought best 
yet to organize churches at these places. I have received 

From the Board $25 00 

Blue Spring, pledge 10 00 

Rocky Creek church % 500 

Somerville church 10 00 

Hartsell church 7 50 

Sister W. B. Carter 2 00 

Falkville 500 

Total $6450 



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Deai brethren — My soul was made happy many times in this great 
work. God bless the Association is the prayer of your missionary, 

T. J. Weaver. 

REPORT OF JOHN SPEER. 

Dear Brethren — At the request of your Executive Board I accepted 
work as your missionary in District No. i. I agreed to work one-fourth 
of my Saturday and Sunday time at the following named places: Town 
Creek Station, Leighton Station, and at some other point which I might 
select. This work I agreed to do, under God, for one hundred dollars. 
I entered upon my work immediately after my appointment. In April 
your board, in its wisdom, saw fit to transfer my work to New Decatur. 
Work as follows: Miles traveled, 275; sermons preached, 30; religious 
visits made, 207; family worship conducted, 96; subscribers to the Ala- 
bama Baptist, 6. I have received on my salary thirty dollars. 

Humbly submitted, 

John Speer. 

report of matt lyon. 

I was employed by the Executive Board to preach on two Sundays 
in each month, from the first of April to the usual time of meeting of 
the Association, for $100. I did much work not included in my con- 
tract, occupying in all 52 days; traveling, by estimation, 203 miles, and 
E reaching 22 times. Besides this service, before my term with the 
oard commenced, I voluntarily traveled ,Vom October to April, by es- 
timation, 167 miles; preached 10 times, and occupied 14 days, for which 
I have received nothing. 
I have received $100 in full of my salary. 

Matt Lyon, Missionary. 

REPORT OF W. B. CARTER. 

I was employed by the Board to look after some churches in the Ten- 
nessee Valley that had no pastor— the churches in Town Creek, Mission 
Grow Antioch, and Valley Grove. I did what I could; witnessed 
several conversions, found out the necessities of the field, and would 
recommend that a good man be located in the field for all his time, to 
serve Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Stanley, Town Creek and Leighton churches, 
and all others that may need his attention. I visited Courtland. We 
must have a house there. 

I received money as follows : 

From Bro. A. L. Stevenson $ 2 50 

From Sister W. T. Collier, an old pledge 500 

From Sister Elizabeth Ratliff, an old pledge 5 00 

From Mission Grove. 3 00 

Total . . $15 50 

W. B. Carter. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

To the Muscle Shoals Association : 

We, your Executive Board, would report, that we had a meeting imme- 
diately after the adjournment of the last Association, and in accordance 
with the instructions of the Association, ascertained what was due from 
us to the State Mission Board. We then found that we had about $350 
to operate on within the bounds of the Association. We appropriated 
$100 each to Districts 1, 2 and 3, respectively. We placed Bro. Speer 
in District No. 1, Bro. Lyon in District No. 2, and Bro. T. J. Weaver in 
District No. 3. 



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Bro. Speer was instructed by the board to preach at Town Creek and 
Leigh ton, and at such other places as he thought best. Bro. Weaver 
was instructed to preach at Woodland Mills and Poteet's school house, 
and at such places as he thought proper. 

The board appropriated »o .Sheffield $25, and $25 to Falkville church, 
provided we have that much money at the close of the Associational 
year unappropriated. 

As per your instructions, to hold meetings with some of the different 
churches,*we met with the Town Creek church on Saturday and Sun- 
day, embracing the 2nd Sunday in July. Present — O. D. Gibson, C. G. 
Lynch, W. D. Irwin and Lucius Wear. We had interesting meetings 
on both Saturday and Sunday. Brethren Jones and Wear joined in 
with us hrthe discussions of the cause of Missions. We then adjourned 
to meet with the Enon church on the 3rd Sunday in July, 1888. 

No members of the board attended but W. D. McDaniel and C. G. 
Lynch; so there was virtually no mee ing of the board. C. G. Lynch 
made an address to the church on the subject of Missions. 

In the Spring, at an informal meeting of the board, Bro. Speer was 
instructed to preach in and around Decatur, Bro. Carter having agreed 
to fill some of Bro. Speer's appointments. 

We would most respectfully ask the Association that the pastors of 
the various churches be requested to take up quarterly collections for 
Missions and forward them immediately to the Treasurer. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

O. D. Gibson, Ch'n. 

C. G. Lynch, Sec'y. 

Elder B. F. Riley was allowed time on Monday to address the 

Association in the interest of Howard College. 

The Moderator announced the standing committees, as follows: 

Associational Missions— T. J. Weaver, J. R. Nesmith, J. C. Orr. 

State Missions— D. W. Gwin, R. T. Wear, Dr. Morris. 

Foreign Missions — Jos. Shackelford, J. I. Stockton, W T. Cobbs. 

Temperance—John Speer, Wm. East, M. Finney. 

Sunday Schools— Matt Lyon, J. D. McClanahan, James N. Thompson. 

Home Missions— J. C. Orr, H. C- Gilbert, W. B. Carter. 

Education— J. C. Tidwell, W. H. Simpson, Jourd White. 



On motion, the Association adjourned. Prayer by Elder J. I. 
Stockton. 

Sunday, November 4th, 1888. 

Services were held at 9^ o'clock a. m. in the interest of Sab- 
bath Schools. Elder C. W. Hare opened the meeting by reading 
the Scriptures and prayer. After singing, he made a few com- 
ments on the Scriptures read. The report on Sabbath Schools 
was then read by Elder J. D. McClanahan, and discussed by Bros. 
C. G. Lynch, J. C. Orr, J. D. McClanahan and C. W. Hare. After 
which the Sabbath school meeting closed. 

The brethren appointed to preach filled their appointments, and 
we hope the word was attended by the power and influence of the 
Holy Spirit. 



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Collectio s were taken up at the Baptist and Methodist churches 
for the suh\ -ers at Decatur, amounting to $53, which was to be sent 
to Dr. D. V . Gwin. 

At night, after preaching, the Moderator called the Association 
to order to onsider the subject of Temperance. The report on 
Temperanct was read by Bro. J. C. Orr, and discussed by him and 
Bro. Pool ; titer which the Association adjourned to 8:30 o'clock 
Monday rr> rning. Benediction by Elder Jos. Shackelford. 

Monday, Nov. 5, 1888. 
FOURTH DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. The devo- 
tional servl es were conducted by Elder J. W. Stewart. 

The mil.' tes of the preceding days were read, corrected and 
approved. 

The rep< t on Sunday Schools was adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Your com? 'ittee on Sunday Schools bee: leave to report: We find 
that there I s been an increase in the Sabbath school cause. There 
has been a ' etter attendance both by the children and adults, but not 
as much as lould be. We find that some of the churches have not a 
Sunday sen >1. We would earnestly recommend that each church 
have a Sab ath school organized in it, and that the delegates to this 
Association earnestly solicit their churches to have a Sabbath school. 
Our observation leads us to the conclusion that the responsibility of 
church and State must soon fall on our sons and daughters. We see 
that some of the greatest revivals of religion spring up where the Sab- 
bath school has been well attended. We would recommend the Bible 
and Baptist literature to be used in the Sabbath schools. 

J. D. McClanahan, Ch'n. 

The repc on Temperance was then taken up and discussed by 
Bros. Hare nd J. C. Orr and then adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Your committee on Temperance submit that the word temperance is 
susceptible of a very liberal construction, and is often abused by church 
members a^ .veil as churches, hence a church member goes out and 
iaturday night and takes the sacrament Sunday. We 
ird prohibition, which means if we cannot prevent men 
1 g, we can prohibit them from staying in the church. In 
chool lesson for this week we learn that the Lord an- 
hibition law, and it was violated by Achan, and the anger 



gets drunk 
prefer the 
from drink 
the Sunday 
nounced a nr 

of the Lord 'as kindled not only against Achan, but against the chil 
dren of Isra 1; and Joshua fell down on his face and wept, as our 
churches ar* 3 .raw weeping over the debauches of her members, but the 
Lord said ui o Joshua, "Get thee up, wherefore liest thou there upon 
thy face?" p : up and do something, and the Lord instructed him what 
to do. We f el that the time has come for the church to do something, 
hunt out thv. guilty ones and save them, that the blessings of the Lord 



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may return to her, that she may put on the habiliments of righteous- 
ness, and Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 

J. C. Orr, 
Wm. Stanley, 
T. J. Weaver, 
Committee. 

Bro. Amos Moody offered the following resolution, which was 
adopted: 

Resolved, That the Executive Board shall consist of the following 
brethren: O. D. Gibson, C. G. Lynch, Thomas W. Lynch, William 
D. McDaniel, T. J. Hutchinson, William M. Irwin, A. W. Bailey, Wil- 
liam East and N. G. Dilleshaw. 

Elder R. T. Wear offered the following resolutions, which were 
adopted: 

Resolved, That the missionary money of this year be divided as fol- 
lows: Seventy-five dollars to the Foreign Mission Board at Richmond, 
V*.; $75 to the Home Mission Board at Atlanta, Ga., and $150 to the 
State Mission Board at Marion, Ala. The balance to be used in this 
Association. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be authorized and instructed to send 
the same to these respective boards, deducting whatever amounts that 
may have already been sent to these boards by the churches, and so 
reported to this Association during the past year. 

Bro. C. J. Lynch offered the following resolution of thanks, 
which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are due and hereby 
tendered to the citizens of Russelville and vicinity for the hospitality 
shown us. 

Elder Joseph Shackelford offered the following resolution, 
which was adopted: 

Resolved, That we commend to our churches the propriety and im- 
portance of contributing to the church building fund, under the man- 
agement of the board located at Anniston. This is a worthy object, 
and should be sustained by our people. 

Bro. C. G. Lynch offered the following, which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be instructed to pay the Clerk his fee 
of $20, and the minute fund, and to supply the deficit in the minute 
fund from any funds in his hands not otherwise appropriated. 

Elder R. T. Wear offered the following, which was adopted: 
Resolved, That we have 1,000 copies of minutes published. 

The Finance committee made their report as follows, which was 
adopted: 



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Respectfully submitted, W. D . Irwin, Ch'n . 

The minutes were then read and approved. 

There being no further business, the Association, after singing 
a parting hymn and giving the parting hand, joined in prayer with 
Bro. John C. Orr. After prayer the Moderator closed the 
body. 

Adjourned to meet with the Danville church, Morgan county, 
Ala., on Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1889. 

J. GUNN, Moderator. 

Jos. Shackelford, Clerk. 



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REVISED CONSTITUTION. 

We, a part of the Baptist churchts in the State of Alabama, having 
been thrown in the same section of country by the providence of God, 
are convinced of the necessity of a combination of churches to perpet- 
uate a union among us; and to preserve and maintain a correspondence 
with each other, propose to maintain and keep the order and rules of 
an Association of churches, according to the following plan: 

Article i. The Association shall be composed of members chosen 
by the different churches in the uniou, who, on producing letters from 
then respective churches certifying their appointment, shall be entitled 
to seats. 

Art. 2. The letters from the churches shall give the numbers bap- 
tized, received or dismissed by letter. excommunicated.and died during 
the associational year; also, the total number of communicants in the 
several churches, and whatever other information that may be of inter- 
est or desirable to the Association. 

Art. 3. The members thus chosen and convened shall be known by 
the name of the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association, who shall have no- 
power to interfere with the organization or government of the churches,, 
but shall be considered merely an advisory council on questions con- 
cerning organization and government. It is, however, agreed that the 
Association shall have power to exclude any church or churches from 
the union who shall hold doctrines not set forth in the declaration of 
faith. 

Art. 4. Every church in the union shall be entitled to three dele- 
gates. Should any church fail to represent herself, she shall state the 
cause in her letter to the next Association. 

.• Ar J' i 5v A ch . urch ma y be admitted into the union, who shall petiti- 
Mon by letter and delegates, if upon examination she is found orthodox 
and orderly, and the reception shall be manifested by the Moderator 
giving the hand of fellowship. 

Art. 6. The Association shall elect annually a Moderator and Clerk 
Jrom her delegates. The Moderator shall preside over her delibera- 
tions, preserve order, and see that the rules of order are faithfully ob- 
served; decide all questions of order without debate, subject to an 
appeal to the Association by the request of any two members; give the 
casting vote when the Association is equally divided. The Clerk shall 
take correct minutes of the proceedings of the Association, and super- 
intend their putt-cation and distribution among the churches. 

Art. 7. Any query or queries concerning the union, or state of the 
churches that is sent to the Association by a church, must be included, 
in her letter. Such queries may be also presented by an individual 
delegate. In such case, upon motion made and seconded, such query 
or queries shall be answered as soon as an opportunity will permit 

Art. 8. The Association shall adopt that plan for raising an associ- 
ational fund to defray her expenses which she in her wisdom judees 
to be most successful and acceptable to the churches generally, which 
fund shall be deposited in the hands of the Treasurer, who shall be ac- 
countable to the Association for said fund of money, and shall Dav it 
out as she directs. — ■" 

Art. 9. The Association shall adopt the declaration of faith con- 
tained in the Baptist Church Manual by Rev. J. Newton Brown, pub- 
lished by the American Baptist Publication Society in Philadelphia, as- 
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Art. io. All questions shall be decided by the vote of a majority, 
except the case mentioned in another section of this constitution. 

Art. ii . The A ssociation shall select, annually, one of her minister* 
to preach the introductory sermon to, and a delegate to write tne cir- 
cular letter for, the next session of the Association. „„,„„„,! 

Art. 12 The Minutes of the Association shall be read, approved, 
and signed by the Moderator and Clerk before the Association "ses. 

Art r$. No alterations of this Constitution shall be made without 
an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present at an annual 
meeting, nor unless the same shall have been proposed at a previous 
annual meeting. 

RULES OF DECORUM. 

i. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. But one person shall speak at a time, and he shall rise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and he shall not proceed until his name is called 
by that officer. If more than one member shall rise to speak at the 
same time the Moderator shall determine who shall speak hrst. 

3. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he depart 
from the subject under discussion, or use words of personal reflection. 

4. Every motion, made and seconded, shall come under considera- 
tion of the Association. A mover may not modify or withdraw his own 
motion, after discussion, if any member object, without a formal vote; 
nor may a mover accept an amendment to his proposition after discus- 
sion, without its being passed by vote, if any member object. A 
mover shall reduce his proposition to writing at the request of the 
Moderator or any member. 

5. When a motion has been regularly announced by the Moderator 
no other motion shall be received, except to amend, to substitute, or to 
lay upon the table definitely or indefinitely. But a motion for adjourn- 
ment shall always be in order, except when a member is speaking or 
the house voting. t ... . e *. . 

6. When a question has been taken up, after allowing time for the de- 
bate, the Moderator shall put the question to the vote of the Association, 
first in the affirmative, and then in the neeative. Those voting in the 
affirmative shall say "aye," those in the negative, "nay. If the de- 
cision be doubtful, the members voting in the affirmative shall hrst rise 
and stand to be counted, then those in the negative. The decision thus 
made shall be immediately announced by the Moderator. 

7. No member shall absent himself without permission from the 
Moderator. , .. 

8. No member shall speak more than twice upon the same subject 
without the consent of the Moderator, unless it be to correct when mis- 
understood. . 

9. TheJModerator shall be allowed to speak as other members, pro- 
vided he appoint some member to fill the chair while speaking. 

10. These rules may be amended at any regular meeting of the As- 
sociation by the vote of two-thirds of the members present. 



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Remarks — +As per last report. Total number of churches. 44; total membership, 3,086. Total contributions: For Missions, $582.8.5; for Ministerial Education, $70.05 from churches, and $15 
from Sunday-schools, making $85.05; Minute Fund, $30.65; public collection, $7.15; for Decatur sufferers, $53.00. Contributions from individual members: For Missions, $68 50; for Education, 
$26.75. Total for Missions, $658.50; for Education, $111.80. Church expenses and building, $2,350. The amount for church building is not reported except from two churches. We 
know of five new church houses erected during the past year. The decrease in membership is owing to the fact that some churches have revised their church rolls. Total contributions for 
Missions and Ministerial Education, $770.30; pastors' salary, $1335.— Clbrk.